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Test for English Aviation (TEA)

English Domain of Domain Group in Malta operates as an official test centre for Mayflower College in the UK, which is approved to conduct language proficiency testing by the UK CAA.


Mayflower College was founded in 1988 and specialises in the tuition of English to international students. The College has been involved in Aviation English since 1992, providing general and aviation-specific courses to air traffic controllers and pilots and is the founder of the Test of English for Aviation (T.E.A.) that 45,000 pilots and controllers have taken T.E.A. throughout the world.


As the number of planes in our skies continues to grow, so the need for safety is even more important. An ICAO review of 28000 incident/accident reports has found that over 70% of the problems were caused by language. ICAO standards now demand that all pilots flying internationally and all air traffic controllers providing services to international flights must have a minimum level of English. ICAO has developed a rating scale, with Level 4 considered the minimum acceptable level (’Operational Level’).


Ben Rimron at Mayflower College says, ‘It’s a requirement for international aviation that proficient speakers are able to communicate effectively in voice-only and face-to-face situations. They must also be able to communicate on common work-related topics with accuracy and clarity. They need to use appropriate communicative strategies to exchange messages, to recognise and resolve misunderstandings in a general or work-related context. Plus they must successfully handle linguistic challenges presented by a complication or unexpected turn of events that occur within the context of a routine work situation or communicative task with which they are otherwise familiar. Finally, they must use a dialect or accent which is intelligible to the aeronautical community’.


English Domain of Domain Group has been appointed and is able to operate as the only official test centre for Mayflower College in Malta approved to conduct language proficiency testing approved by the UK CAA.  Nick Callus, Chairman of Domain Group says ‘We are delighted that we have fulfilled the exacting standards required by Mayflower College to allow us to become an official test centre with UK CAA approval – the only one in Malta’.


Each test is delivered by a trained interlocutor at English Domain and rated at Mayflower College.  The price per candidate is currently fixed at GBP135 for UK-licensed candidates, GBP120 for all others. 




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